Channel migrants: Around 40 people make journey after deadly boat sinking

Around 40 people made the perilous journey across the Channel on Thursday morning following the worst migrant tragedy in the area.

A group of people wearing life jackets and wrapped in blankets were seen huddled together on board an RNLI lifeboat before they clambered off onto Dover’s shores. They has made the crossing just a day after a dinghy capsized off the coast of Calais, causing dozens to lose their lives.

Two boats reached UK waters on Thursday morning, according to the BBC.

French interior minister Gerald Darmanin said the loss of 27 lives on Wednesday evening was an “absolute tragedy” as he blamed human trafficking gangs who promised people the “El Dorado of England” for a large fee.

Natalie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover, called for a stepping up of patrols on French beaches to stop boats from entering unsafe waters.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast on Thursday morning, she said that the Channel crossing was “very dangerous” and said the best way to “keep people safe” would be to increase patrols on French soil “where they are already safe”.

However Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont said that that it would not be practical to expect more police officers to patrol the shoreline in France. “We have 200-300km [125-186 miles] of shore to monitor 24/7 and it only takes five to 10 minutes to take a boat and fill it with migrants,” he said.

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